Thursday, 12 July 2018

Sewing and Knitting for Kathleen's Baby

I finally got the buttons put on the Maile sweater that I knit for Kathleen's baby.
I finished the top of the hat with decreases then made i-cord out of the last 8 stitches and tied a little knot in it. I had an extra button so attached it at the bottom of the lace panel on the hat.
Kathleen and her mother were very appreciative. They also liked the Cunningham blanket I knit for the baby

and the cuddle quilt made with the fuzzy dimple fabric.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

4 More To Go

I have 11 diamonds stitched. Only 4 to go before I can start stitching little sheep and fences.
Today, Shelley, Jeanette, Barb, Carol and I ventured to the Prince Edward County 2018 Quilt show.
There were lots of excellent vendors so, of course, I had to buy a couple of things. I made a bee line to Hooked on the Lake so I could get first dibs on the punch needle kits. I purchased Primitive Blooms
and Fall Frolic - both with the design drawn on the weaver's cloth and the requisite Valdani threads.
I'm still hoping to find a rug hooking class to take that doesn't involve driving a long way (more than a couple of hours).

I also bought a little bit of this fabric to make some cute project bags. It's called Wash Day Sheep.

There were lots and lots of beautiful quilts but I'm not going to bother with photos here at present.

Afterwards, we went for lunch and then to the Lavender Festival in Hillier. There were tons of people. It was quite festive with lots for kids to do, live bands, lavender nougat and lemonade samples, pick-your-own lavender, a beautifully stocked shop, and much more. The weather was perfect.

I had never before seen white lavender in bloom.
We had a look around and then decided to go for ice cream back in Wellington then head for home. I'm sure when there isn't a festival going on, it is a relatively serene place to visit.

Friday, 6 July 2018


For my Dans mon Jardin 15-sided biscornu, I need to backstitch the outlines of 15 diamonds with 20 diagonal sts over two threads on each side.

I got six done tonight. I miscounted on the top, right square but rather than unpick the errant stitch, I'm leaving it as it will get covered when I sew the squares together on the backstitching lines.
Only nine more to go.

I'm really looking forward to stitching the little fences and sheep.

While stitching the diamonds, I listened to a couple of episodes of the Fruity Knitting podcast on YouTube. If you haven't listened to it, I highly recommend it. Right from the first episode, the quality and variety of knitting themes was very impressive. Andrea and Andrew try to put out a 75+ minute episode every two weeks. I decided to start watching from episode 1 and am only on episode 8.

New Projects

While at Jeanette's on our stitching day this week, I saw her beautiful 15-sided pulled thread biscornu. It was designed by Kathrin Ellison of Gitta's and is a free pattern starting on August 3, 2012 on her blog.

Today after doing the inventory of the Trillium Embroidery Guild library holdings and a delicious lunch at KBs in beautiful downtown Whitby (thank you, Jeanette!), we popped over to Kim's to do some stitchery shopping.

I decided on a dark blue fabric with Caron Wildflower threads and DMC 931 #12 perle cotton.
I also found the perfect Mill Hill beads that I'll use to finish the project.

My other 15-sided biscornu I want to start is one I've wanted to do for several months. It's a Jardin Privé design by Nathalie Cichon called Dans mon Jardin. Not surprisingly, it features sheep.
I decided on Custard Cream 30 count Legacy Linen. It's a beautiful buttery yellow. To make sure there was a bold contrast with the white, I swapped the DMC 3865 for this B5200. I want those little fences and sheep to really 'pop'.

 I'm really looking forward to starting one of the projects after supper.

Tomorrow several of us are attending the Prince Edward County Quilters' Guild 2018 quilt show - 'A Stitch in Time' in Wellington ON. We also plan to attend the Lavender Festival nearby in Hillier. It will be a full day but should be lots of fun.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Small Beginnings

The egg Skip brought home from the golf course last Thursday finally hatched last night. Just before that, we saw the black dot at the tip of the egg so we knew hatching was imminent.
We were starting to wonder if the egg was a dud as it had been 4 days which is the maximum amount of time for the egg state. Perhaps having the air-conditioning on during this heat wave slowed the process down a bit.

This morning it's about 3mm long (1/8") and should double in size every day until it pupates (forms the chrysalis) in a couple of weeks.
I found two more eggs on our milkweed yesterday and am thinking of devising some kind of covering/protection for that part of the plant so the leaf can stay on the plant outside. That way the larvae can continue munching away on their 'birth' plants (not scientific terminology). We have a trip coming up in a couple of weekends and it would be nice if the larvae can thrive on their own in the protected wild.

This is the 12th year that I've raised monarchs. For those of you who are new to my blog, I have done posts about most of the activity here over the years since 2007. You can check my archives at the right by clicking on the year, then month (mostly July and August)OR do a search in the search window at top of the right sidebar on this post. Terms could include: monarchs, larva(e), pupa(e), chrysalis, etc.

I'm not sure I'll be able to top the 74 monarchs I raised and released last year but it's worth a good try.

Monday, 2 July 2018


I went through a neglected craft cupboard this morning and found this needlepoint project that I had designed a long time ago. It only had a little bit left to finish so I got right at it.
It was inspired by this (now discontinued) Kaffe Fassett kit that I had seen on eBay years ago.
I used my cross-stitch software to chart it out

and a large-ish piece of mono canvas but this project only used a small corner of it so I have lots left.
I used a variety of DMC floss - all six strands.
It would make into a nice zipped bag.

Not only do I have a cleaned-out cupboard, I have finally finished stitching this piece.

Winter's Eve

With the World Cup on, there's oodles of time to stitch these days. I started and finished this little ornament last week.
It's the Country Cottage Needleworks design "Winter's Eve" from the 2006 Just Cross Stitch Christmas magazine. The only substitution I made was a golder colour for the moon. I don't remember what it was.
It's stitched with two threads over two threads on 32 count Belfast linen. It was a remnant I purchased at The Stitcher's Garden a couple of weeks ago.
It goes on the pile of ornaments that need to be finished.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Project Modification

A couple of weeks ago I finished the pincushion for the second Hardanger Trio set. It was very similar to the one from the first set
but the fabric for the second set is a light grey and the threads were a shade darker.

At Jeanette's last week, she gave us some blue fabric that was perfect for backing the open work so I decided to take mine apart, rip out the white backing fabric, insert the blue fabric, and stitch my initials and the year on the back of it.
You wouldn't believe how much time I spent trying to find an acceptable alphabet and numbers.
I think it looks very spiffy.
 This evening I finished sewing the needle book together
after sewing in the felt.  I found this last bit of blue ribbon in my stash and it was just enough for this project.
So here's the Hardanger trio all together.
Thanks for the fabric, Jeanette, and Barb, thank you for the blue felt and the impetus to put my initials on the bottom of the pin cushion.

I finished another little cross-stitch ornament but my photos were crappy so I'll retake them tomorrow in better light.